Senate Bill 2286

UPDATE on 2/25/20 at 1:51 PM CST: This bill passed the Senate Appropriations Committee with no amendments. It will now be listed on the Senate Calendar for consideration by the full Senate. Status Senator Brice Wiggins and Education Chair Senator Dennis Debar, Jr. filed the Senate pre-K bill, SB2286, a couple of weeks ago. Last week,…

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Senate Bill 2286

Senate Bill 2508 & 2353

Updated on 2/19/2020 at 2:42 PM CST: The Senate Education Committee DID NOT take up SB 2508 or SB 2353 at today’s meeting. Both bills were on the agenda for the meeting, but they were skipped. Although the committee did not take them up today, they could still be considered at a future meeting of…

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Senate Bill 2508 & 2353

Senate Bill 2511

UPDATE on 2/19/20 at 3:20 PM CST: This bill passed the Senate Education Committee with no amendments. It will now be listed on the Senate Calendar for consideration by the full Senate. Today, the Senate Education Committee will vote on a bill designed to expand access to teacher education programs at Mississippi’s four-year colleges and…

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Senate Bill 2511

Ahead of the Heard

Recently, Rachel was interviewed by Jennifer Schiess from Bellwether Education Partners. The interview was published on the Bellwether Education Partners’ blog Ahead of the Heard. During the interview, Rachel talked about the recent increase in NAEP scores and what they mean for Mississippi. She also discussed what Mississippi First has been focused on over the…

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Mississippi First Officially Launches Raise the Rate

Jackson, MS—Today, Mississippi First officially launched the Raise the Rate campaign at the Capitol. During the 2020 legislative session, Mississippi First will be working with partners, collaboratives, and legislators to raise the pre-K funding rate from $4,300 to $5,000 per child for early learning collaborative students. Because the cost of the state-funded pre-K program is…

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Mississippi First Officially Launches Raise the Rate

School Grades: A Few Pointers (Cont.)

Yesterday, we did a thread to explain school grades. Here’s some additional information about growth because it is the hardest part to understand. Usually, when schoolwide proficiency goes up, growth will go up as well, BUT it is possible to have higher proficiency scores schoolwide from one year to the next and still have a lower school…

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School Grades: A Few Pointers (Cont.)